Bone Grafting
Bone Grafting

To optimise the success of dental implants, it is imperative that it is supported by sufficient healthy bone in the jaw. However in some instances there is a loss or deficiency of jaw bone, which can be caused by shrinkage from tooth loss, gum disease, infection and in some cases injury or trauma.

In these situations you may require bone grafting procedure (also called Bone Augmentation) to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed, or during implant placement. There are different types of bone graft such as synthetic bone substitutes, calcium phosphate derived from animal sources, human donor tissue, or your own bone (autograft). We recommend and use different types of bone graft depending on your preference, what is best suited to your case, and what is most likely to give you an optimal outcome predictably with the least disturbance.

Bone used in jaw bone grafting is often harvested (taken) from another part of the jaws. However in many cases and with good technique, bone substitutes can also create excellent outcomes. Consult one of our implant experts to see what bone grafting options may be best suited for your situation.

 

 

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A bone graft can take time to fuse which is why in most cases the implant procedure may be delayed for 3-6 months while the bone graft site is healing. However if the bone deficiency is not too severe, grafting can be done at the same time as implant placement to save healing time.

A CBCT scan (3D Scan) provides us with specific details as to which areas of your jaw have significant bone loss and allow us to determine the best method of treatment.

Bone grafts in the jaw typically have a high success rate with minimal complications however there is always a risk of failure – the cause can be unknown however smoking and some medical conditions can have a negative impact on the outcome.

All bone grafting procedures are conducted under IV sedation here at NewSmile Dental Perth with our skilled sleep dentistry experts to ensure the procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

In many cases of full teeth replacement in atrophic or insufficient jaws, bone grafting can even be avoided by use of advanced methods in All-on-4 implants or zygomatic implants.

As all medical/surgical procedures carry risk, you can always undertake a second opinion from a suitably qualified practitioner. We also offer second opinions for patients who have been advised they require bone grafting.

To find out more about bone grafting procedure or to book a consultation please contact us today!

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